The Spanish duel in the Texas rain turned into a rout. Jon Rahm ran countryman Sergio Garcia out of the Dell Technologies Match Play with a 6-and-4 victory Friday in a pairing that put the young bull of Spanish golf against its elder statesman. No contest, not on this day. The victory put Rahm at 3-0 in group play and moved him on to Saturday's quarterfinals against Charles Howell III. Beating a childhood idol made for a sweet victory for the 22-year-old Rahm, but it also felt like a hit to the Spanish flag. Garcia, 37, failed to advance past the third round for the sixth consecutive year. "I'd rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make
Day withdrew from the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, telling reporters in an emotional interview that his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia earlier this year and doctors had told her the illness was terminal. "Hard to comprehend being on the golf course right now, with what she's going through,” a tearful Day told reporters.
Phil Mickelson has put on a show this week at the WGC-Match Play, winning each of his first three matches in blowout fashion, 5 & 3, 5 & 4, and 6 & 4. Mickelson closed out his matches on the 15th, 14th and 14th holes, and though he’s likely plenty pleased with the performance, he’ll be winging it on those holes to some extent when he finally gets the chance. "I don't know the last three [holes]," Mickelson said Thursday after his win over Daniel Berger.